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Freeing Up Space For The Creator

laitman_962.7Spiritual advancement depends on the extent to which we nullify ourselves to complete zero in front of the group. Every time I return to the thought of the need for self-annulment, I am again horrified. I myself would have never thought of such an idea; of course, it comes from the Creator either directly from above or through the environment by all sorts of means.

I myself am unable to want to annul myself by measuring my spiritual advancement with this measure of self-annulment. I find myself increasingly remote from spirituality, and my friends increasingly successful. It really discourages, deters, and annoys me.

However, on the other hand, I must understand that it needs to be so. If I do not retreat from such states and if I thank the Creator each time for reminding me of my work again and again, then “each and every penny accumulates into a great sum,” I advance and will some day succeed.

It does not even matter whether or not I see my success, but every time I get an awakening to the truth, to my nullification in front of the group, I take another step forward to the palace of the Creator, and therefore, I should be joyful.1

Beforehand, I had the desire to enjoy, egoistic knowledge. Then this place empties; it is this complete poverty that makes it possible not to demand fulfillment in understanding and feeling but to rise above them and ask for the ability to fill this emptiness with dedication to the Creator through the group. It turns out that I disconnect from the corporeal state, rise above it, and fill my desires with the greatness of the Creator. This is rising to the upper floor, to faith above reason.

It is impossible even to compare these two states: reason and faith above reason. Everything I understand and feel is within reason, and above reason there is something that I do not want to understand and feel: I want only to bestow to the Creator and feel how my friends in the group bestow to the Creator. Therefore, we are building a new state called “the upper world.”2

It is good that I feel emptiness and a lack of craving for and no use of spirituality. However, I simultaneously imagine the greatness of the Creator and the pleasure that I bestow to Him precisely by doing the work for Him without any reward. This should be very important to me.

The Creator purposely builds a state for me where I do not feel and do not understand Him, I do not feel any taste in Him. By this, He frees up a place in me cleansing it from the garbage of this world so that I begin to fill it with the greatness of the Creator.3
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/6/19, Lesson on the Topic “The Absolute Zero”
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 5:30
3 Minute 8:10

Open A New Perception Of Reality

laitman_961.2There are three components in perception of reality: the Creator, the friends, and me. The Creator is dressed in the friends and I want to relate myself to them. This is called: “Israel, the Torah, and the Creator are one.”

It all depends on what is considered illusory and what is reality. A child listens to how I tell him or her a fairy tale and perceives everything as the real reality, imagining how Little Red Riding Hood walks in the woods and meets the wolf. The child can cry or laugh, he lives it. For me, this is just fiction, a fairy tale. Everything depends on the level that we perceive what is happening.

We exist in an illusory, imaginary world. It is obvious that our feelings are the reactions of our five senses, which cannot be considered objective. If we received other senses, we would perceive a different reality and live in it. It is all a matter of conventions, consensuses between us. There is no truth in this world because there is no indicator against which it could be evaluated.

We must tune each other to a more truthful perception of the world, living according to the law of love for one’s neighbor and constantly improving. We can then gradually enter it. In this work there is a preparatory period when a person does not realize how he passes from degree to degree. Later he must start working consciously. I think it is already possible to do this in order to finish the holiday of Shavuot by taking a real half-step forward.

There is a network of connections between us that we do not feel. Yet, we must tune into them with the help of the principle “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the law of a new reality, a new way of thinking, a new desire, and new relationships.

A Kabbalist lives in two worlds, in two states simultaneously. Now I decide that together with the friends I will enter such a system of relations. There is nothing else, and only through this system I now look at the world, at reality, beginning to adapt to this new world through these new senses called “ten Sefirot.”

This world is an illusion we are born into. We seem to live in this world as if in a dream. Soon it will be revealed to us that all past life was a dream, a complete fantasy. Every time we move from our egoistic perception to bestowal, a new reality is revealed to us, such major changes that it seems to us that there can be no more than that.

In bestowal, such spaces open up that we could not even dream of. I become included in my friends and through merging with them I enter a new reality, as if in a magical dream.1

We cannot look back—this is the law. A new reality is opening up based on our inclusion in the friends, and there is nothing more. We have to aspire only toward it. The world is revealed through connection—these are new senses, a new reality, before which you must annul yourself, and then you will enter it.

Each of us was born and educated with an egoistic perception of reality. This is how we were calibrated, like a tool with many regulators. Now I myself, thanks to the internal awakening I have received, want to calibrate myself to a different perception of reality, which can only be done with the help of my efforts, the group, the teacher, and the Creator.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/9/19, “Feast of Weeks”
1 Minute 56:25
2 Minute 1:06:00

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/19/19

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Lesson on the Topic “Holding Onto The Goal Above The Ascents And Descents” 

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From The Bottom Up

laitman_963.1The descent of the worlds builds the steps of the ladder that carry the light and the desires from top to bottom, corresponding to one another on each level. That is, the right conditions are given for the connection of the light and the vessel in all the states from top to bottom.

When this descent reaches the bottom of the ladder, a shattering occurs and produces the inter-inclusion of these two forces: the desire to enjoy and the desire to give. This creates the possibility of the correct inclusion into one another no longer in a negative and egoistic form in which a spark of light breaks through the desire to receive.

Today, through one’s efforts and work in a group of ten, a person can draw the reforming light that will highlight the spark placed inside the egoistic desire and begin to develop both the desire and the spark inside oneself. Thus, the development takes place even at the corporeal level because we awaken the light precisely due to the shattering and we start working on the connection.

As a result of the descent downward, the light and the desire almost reach zero. And at the very end of the ladder the shattering occurs after which creation can begin to climb back up the same steps. Only due to the shattering, the light can penetrate into the desire, and then the desire begins to understand and feel what it means to be similar to the light, and consequently, requires the intention to bestow.

Adam HaRishon is considered to be the first man because the foundation of creation appears in him first, and it was not there before. Creation has to be independent. Before the shattering, Adam HaRishon was an angel and was called “a man” only for the future. But after the shattering, he is ready for correction, receiving the desire to enjoy and the desire to bestow mutually included in each other.

Then, with the help of the light, one can begin to clarify one’s desire to enjoy and the spark within gradually takes the form of a man, Adam, that is, similar to the Creator. Desiring to become like the Creator, the desire to enjoy restricts itself and builds a screen, the reflected light. Because of the spark, the desire attracts the reforming light and clothes in the intention to bestow. But before that, it should feel hatred, rejection, and only after it will come to unity and love.

Until the human level, at which creation becomes independent, it is not separated from the light. All other levels: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and even a person who has not yet reached awareness, only carry out the instructions of the light without any freewill. Therefore, there is no reward or punishment in corporeal life in this world for anything.

After the descent of the worlds from top to bottom down to this world and the shattering of Adam HaRishon, matter began to develop automatically, due to the reforming light, on the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels. But when creation reaches the last, fourth stage of the animate level, it is its turn to awaken the spark placed in it, and so, the “Homo loquens” (speaking man) appears in our world, that is, those in whom there is a point in the heart.

Such a person begins to feel that there is a certain force that controls him or her, and the person asks about the meaning of life. The person wants to become similar to the Creator, but finds only hatred and rejection in oneself instead of unity and love. Therefore, one realizes that one needs a ten and the reforming light and begins to act. Without the awareness of the evil, it is impossible to come to the good.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/30/19, Writings of Baal HaSulam,“Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,”Items 12 –17
1 Minute 28:30

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/18/19

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,”  Items 37 – 45

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Exist In Both Worlds

laitman_962.1We learn how to work on the first spiritual level when from feeling ourselves  inside our egoism (in this world), we rise to a higher level than our egoism where the Creator dwells. We need to discern these two steps—our egoism and the level above it—in order to live simultaneously on both levels. This will be our first spiritual degree.

The first spiritual step is the most difficult one because it is not even like a baby taking its first steps; it is an entirely new world and a completely new attitude to reality. Cardinal changes occur inside a person. I realize that the natural picture of the world is seen within my egoism, in the desire to receive with which I was born and which was created by the Creator.

This world does not exist in such a form by itself, but it appears so in my egoistic properties, which can be changed, and then the world will also begin to change. Therefore, for now, the world seems to us as dark, egoistic, and then it will change.

Such an image of the world is given to us from above by the Creator so that we can rise from this state. For this, we need to imagine that all this comes from a higher degree where the light, bestowal, and love reigns, and fills all of reality. All this exists above my ego, above this world, and I want to cling to this higher state.

But the selfish image of the world that I see now: black, unhappy, hopeless, unjust, also comes from the light, and apparently, with a specific purpose. Therefore, I remain with the sensation of this world as it is, but I want to belong to a higher state, a higher world, where the Creator, the highest light, the power of bestowal and love reigns. I want to merge with it. Therefore, I divide myself in two, trying to cling to the highest level with all my heart and soul, despite the fact that I feel myself below in my selfish desire to receive. I do not see any contradiction in this: these two opposite poles must exist.

The one who breaks away from the lower world and feels only the highest is called an angel. Living only in the lower world is resembling an animal. But one who tries to exist in both worlds at the same time, exists in faith above reason. The force of bestowal that one wants to find in the higher world must be higher than the force of reception ruling in the lower world, our egoism.

Further progress is to descend lower and lower into this world with all of its miasmas, and accordingly rise higher and higher, up into the spiritual world: from -1 to +1, from -2 to +2, from -3 to +3, and so on. It is said: “He who is greater than his friend, his desire is greater than him.” “Another” is my previous state. We need to descend to find out the broken desires, then raise them to a higher level and fix them. This is our job.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/4/19, The Absolute Zero
1 Minute 0:20

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/17/19

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,”  Items 30 – 38

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If It Comes From The Creator, I Need Nothing Else

laitman_962.5When a person begins to study Kabbalah, it is as if one jumps into the sea and at first does not distinguish the deep, subtle definitions. A person is like a newborn baby who in the first days does not understand anything, does not see, and does not hear. Most importantly, one is firmly attached to one’s will to receive, to one’s egoism. The first stage of spiritual work consists of cutting oneself off from this egoism, moving away from it, and looking at it from aside.

It takes years of work for the reforming light to do its work on a person and change him or her. The first change is that we begin to hear what the Kabbalists are talking about.

In order to enter spirituality, a person must make oneself an absolute zero, that is, from one’s will to receive, from one’s aspirations and expectations for something to change for oneself. That is, I agree with everything I receive and completely cancel any criticism.

Everything that happens comes from the Creator and undoubtedly is the best for me. Therefore, I do not think about it at all: the Creator acts only for my benefit. This limits my attitude to corporeal life.

With respect to spirituality, I also get the most optimal in everything. But I have nothing?! That is great, this is the best because I receive it from the Creator, who is good and does good! A person reaches this decision, accepting one’s corporeal state as the most optimal one without needing any additions, completely annulling oneself. The only thing I ask in both corporeality and spirituality is for the Creator to organize me according to His will and to help me to agree with it completely.

The first spiritual degree is the ability to completely adhere to the Creator, day and night, in light and in darkness, in sorrow and in joy, no matter what is happening. If I reach two such zeros: in corporeality and in spirituality, then I enter the spiritual world, the degrees of the ladder.

This is the ascent between the two states: from below—reason, and from above—faith above reason.

Everything comes from the Creator who knows what I need. My work is only to accept it completely. This most certainly does not mean that I forget about corporeal requirements: I must take care of my family and health. Yet, whatever my inner state is—in darkness and despair, in chaos and misunderstanding, in confusion and dullness of feelings, I agree with it as sent by the Creator and I am ready to remain in it forever.

I should ask to change not my state, but my attitude to this state. That is, I want to agree with it completely and not to demand anything more. If it is coming from the Creator, then I need nothing else.

I have nothing, not now, not in the future; there is complete darkness, the world has turned dark. All I hold on to is the fact that this state is intentionally sent by the Creator, the “good that does good,” and therefore, I expect no change. I do not demand the darkness’ disappearance and my reception of attainment and understanding; I am prepared to remain in the current state as much as necessary.

This is how I create my degree of Keter, the Kli of bestowal. The lower degree of the upper one is Malchut that has nothing in it. If I accept with joy this kingdom of the upper one (Malchut) in the form it is revealed: darkness and hopelessness, both in the present and in the future, beyond time, then it becomes my degree of Keter, the finest, bestowing Kli that shines upon me and allows me to continue the path.

On all the degrees, until the very end of correction, we must constantly annul ourselves to zero on our level and then from above we will receive additional higher degrees. This is the entrance to the spiritual world and the first contact of the lower one with the upper one. The upper one becomes my first spiritual state.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/1/19, The Absolute Zero

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/16/19

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,”  Items 30 – 34

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/14/19

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